People in Ivory Coast have expressed disappointment following a trial over the dumping of hundreds of tonnes of toxic waste in Abidjan in 2006.
They said Trafigura, the Dutch company that shipped the waste, should have faced more scrutiny.
Two people were sentenced to 20 years and five years in jail over the waste, which was blamed for 17 deaths and widespread health complaints.
In 2007, Trafigura paid an out-of-court settlement relating to civil claims. The company never admitted liability, saying the $200m (£108m) payment was made out of sympathy for the Ivorian people.
In March 2008, the Ivorian Court of Appeal ruled that there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges against the company. Denis Yao Pipira, head of the Federation of Associations of Toxic waste victims in Ivory Coast, said the full truth of the incident had not come out.
“It’s absolutely necessary that the owner of the waste, the company Trafigura that chartered the Probo Koala boat [carrying the waste], have a chance to be questioned for their actions and to say which Ivorians they dealt with,” he said.
The BBC’s John James reports from Abidjan that satisfaction over a rare verdict being reached was tempered by frustration that some people, including high-level political figures, were not held to account.
“Me, as an individual person, I couldn’t get to organise the papers to bring a boat of toxic waste into Abidjan,” said one man. “It’s not possible!”
“We don’t have justice here in Ivory Coast.”
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